Wanted to say hi!

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Registered: 10-29-2005
Wanted to say hi!
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Sat, 10-29-2005 - 11:21pm

I just wanted to introduce myself. Also I wanted to ask what everyone does from home. Currently I am not a stay at home mom. I am currently at home but DH and I don't have children yet. We are planning on children in the near furture.

I quit my job several months ago (I won't go into that story) and my DH and I had already decided that when we had children we wanted me to stay at home instead of working outside of the home. I have trying to find something that would suite me and bring in enough money. I would love to know what everyone has done and how they got started, maybe it will inspire me.

Thanks in advance.

Amanda

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Registered: 12-12-2004
Sun, 10-30-2005 - 10:13am

Hi Amanda! Welcome!

My true love out of my work-at-home businesses is doing web design. I'm just getting started with that. I have a career background doing IT work and although that wasn't PC related, I started dabbling in HTML. I have created my own personal websites for fun and decided that since I enjoy it so much, I should be doing it for other people and making money at it.

I currently do direct sales with Discovery Toys and Tupperware also. I started Discovery Toys when my second child was born and I "left" my job. I wasn't really into the direct sales idea, but if I was gonna be home and playing with toys, it seemed like the perfect fit at the time. Then I added Tupperware too it because the women in my area preferred shopping for themselves. ;)

My best advice... Do what you love!

K.C. Gagne
Connecting Rainbows

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Registered: 12-15-2004
Mon, 10-31-2005 - 6:06pm

My advice is to think about what you really like and then look at how you might be able to make an income at that. Working at home if it is something you don't like is harder than going to a physical place of employment because at home you are only accountable to yourself and if you don't like it – you might not work as hard as you need to. When we lived in Chicago I sold on eBay which was easy there since I had great access to low cost goods. When we moved to Hawaii my business there went bust as everything here is expensive and the cost of shipping items here to resell and then pay to ship back would have bankrupt me. I still occasionally sell some Hawaiian things on eBay but not very many.

I like sales – so a home selling job was a pretty good fit for me – I'm not opposed to the structure of MLM's but I'm not a fan of the 'get rich quick' versions – they usually don't pan out. I am also highly trained in computer programs and have taught a number of Microsoft programs – I didn't like that as much as the sales so I looked at what I liked and took it from there. I did some administrative stuff for guru.com but that was too inconsistent and I didn't feel in control of my business.

I like pampered chef, but could never see myself selling it, I also like party lights candles – never sell it though, I hate make up so those companies are out, discovery toys are great but I don't like toy 'clutter' around my house so even if there were the best toys around I'd probably not be the best sales person for them. What I really like is reading, and books, and reading to my kids – and I found my way to Usborne Books – it’s the perfect fit for me after trying it and I am growing my business at my pace.

Finding the right thing for you may take a few different paths but if you keep trying you will find what is right for you.

Good luck and stick with it.

Ellie in Hawaii

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Registered: 10-29-2005
Sun, 11-06-2005 - 11:55pm

Thanks for the replies K.C. and Ellie.

Ellie,
Where did you teach Microsoft Programs? I have a BBA in Management Information Systems and I would love to do that if the money is okay. If you could please tell me more about that experience, that would be great.

K.C,
I really like web design but I'm not sure how to get into that and how to charge either. Could share how you got into that I would love it also.

Thanks again,
Amanda

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Registered: 12-12-2004
Wed, 11-09-2005 - 7:50am

Well... Actually I am still in the "getting into it" phase myself. I do alot of online networking and got started that way. I charge $20 for a profile-type page at one of the networking sites. (Don't think I'm allowed to mention it here.) What I will charge for doing a full blown website has yet to be determined. I haven't done one on a professional level yet... just for me and friends. I recommend designing your own website about designing websites and then start telling people about it. Do a site for a friend and put your info on it.

Good luck!

K.C. Gagne
Connecting Rainbows

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Registered: 09-19-2003
Mon, 11-21-2005 - 9:42pm

Hi Amanda,


Welcome! Just wanted to share with you what I do. I've been a SAHM since 1999, homeschooling since September 1999, a Mary Kay consultant since 2002 and I've done some freelance webdesign here and there.

 
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